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A salt in a suitcase

In the final frenzy of packing, I tucked in the bottle of whole peppercorns, a jar of one of the best jellies I've ever had, and a container of fleur de sel. Each was just valuable enough and just easy enough to import into other countries that they seemed worth keeping. It was a small suitcase, so much of the rest of it was full of papers and books - with a towel and a tangle of random jewelery thrown in for good measure.

Two days later, after my Chicago escapades, I opened the suitcase again - to find the salt container securely sealed, and a large amount of salt pervading all of the suitcase. I'm quite willing to believe that the container came unsealed during transit and dumped salt all over the place - but customs must have dumped out the rest of my salt for me and resealed the container; the suitcase had obviously been looked at. (And with white crystals all over it, that makes sense.) The salt set me back by at least half-an-hour of work, as every article required its own wiping down. Perhaps this will all make my dissertation tastier in the long run?

My grandmother is back on the ventilator, and went in for minor surgery this morning to clear fluid out of her lung cavity, and keep her lung from collapsing any further. So far, the results have been excellent. With each day, the bruises grow paler and paler.

Tomorrow, we drive up to Iowa.


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Jul. 4th, 2005 06:51 pm (UTC)
You might need a "high sodium content" warning label on your dissertation, though ;)

Glad your grandmother seems to be improving...and blast the people who search suitcases anyway :/
Jul. 5th, 2005 04:45 am (UTC)
So true! I wonder what other spices I can work in.

My grandmother is getting better and better - under the circumstances. She might have been fairly highly drugged, but despite it, we could clearly interact with her when saying goodbye - she squeezed our hands, crinkled up her eyes as if smiling, nodded a little, and lifted her hand to wave goodbye. That was gratifying; although it's too bad she's not off the ventilator and able to talk again yet.
Jul. 4th, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC)
Did the peppercorns make it--I seem to have a jar of them in the spices I took from your house, and I wonder if this is what you were speaking of.
Jul. 5th, 2005 04:42 am (UTC)
Yep, the peppercorns made it safe and sound. They were better sealed than the salt was anyways. I think you have the little multi-colored peppercorns, which I just used for cooking. I kept the larger ones for grinding.
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